Saudi Arabia has begun airlifting relief supplies into Myanmar to aid victims of Cyclone Nargis.
The first of five Saudi relief planes arrived in Yangon today carrying more than 73 tons of foodstuffs, tents, medicine and blankets. The remaining four planes are expected to arrive in the next few days.
Saudi Ambassador to Myanmar Turki Al-Ali was at the airport for the plane’s arrival. Ambassador Al-Ali said that the aid was dispatched on the directive of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz as part of Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian efforts.
The Kingdom is also currently airlifting relief supplies into China after a May 12 earthquake devastated much of Sichuan Province.